La Memoria Vive

Submitted by Nelson Public Art

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Client: Sky Harbor Airport

Location: Phoenix, AZ, United States

Completion date: 2008

Artwork budget: $200,000

Project Team

Artist

John Randall Nelson

Nelson Public Art

Public Art Agent

Donna Isaac

City of Phoenix

Overview

Steel, cement block, and ceramic tile, 100’ x 15’ x 12’. A public art streetscape located at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, Phoenix, AZ. Designed to incorporate the oral and written histories of “Golden-gate” barrio, which was paved over due to the expansion of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

Goals

The goal of this project was to create a commemorative landmark for the Golden-Gate barrio, which was paved over due to the expansion of the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

Process

Designed to incorporate written and oral histories of residents of the Golden-Gate barrio, La Memoria Vive is the end result of a collaboration between Phoenix Public Art, the stakeholders, and our studio.

Additional Information

La Memoria Vive/Memory Lives On. Steel, cement block, and ceramic tile, 100’ x 15’ x 12’. A public art streetscape located at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, Phoenix, AZ. Designed to incorporate the oral and written histories of “Golden-gate” barrio, which was paved over due to the expansion of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. “We were moved, the Golden-gaters, swept away carelessly, like tossing away old shoes.”